The Middle East, Caribbean, and Oceania account for 283 billion cubic meters of freshwater demand, and solar- and wave-powered desalination can be the low-cost solution, according to Lux Research. Desalination — converting sea water into fresh water — will grow at 8 percent annually to 140 million cubic meters daily in 2020, Lux predicts, reflecting soaring demand in some parts of the world and growing viability of renewable energy technologies.
Central America and the Caribbean have plans to invest $3.3 billion in smart grid infrastructure over the next decade. This is part of a plan to lower the high cost of electricity in the region by using more renewable energy and tackling high non-technical losses.
As utilities take steps to modernize the grid, choosing smart meters that ensure accurate, reliable, safe and secure collection of data while also protecting reputations, technology investments and the environment will be key.
Not all smart meters are created equal, and because metering products, marketplace requirements and best practices vary widely around the world, making the best metering choices can be difficult. This article focuses on North American utilities (the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean) and aims to help them answer one all-important question: “Which meter is best for me?”